Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Monday November 20th!!

Oaxaca No Esta Sola!

Come out and stand in Solidarity with the EZLN and the people of Oaxaca. You say you do, so come out and show it!

< MONDAY NOV 20th >

8pm Teach in at Blegen House
8:30pm Candlelight March to Main Circle

Say NO to Government Repression. Say no to state violence.



On Oct. 29, Federal forces of the Mexican government attacked and killed three people in Oaxaca. This atrocity is but another occurrence of the ongoing state repression in the region.

The following day the E.Z.L.N. (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) issued a statement calling for a day of solidarity with the victims to let them know that they, Oaxaca, are not alone. On November 20, they ask that all highways and roads be closed, literally where possible & symbolically where not. Being the solitary voice of the Chicano and Chicana people on campus, we, el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan, have taken it upon ourselves to participate in the closure.

Our tentative actions for Monday (11/20) are as follows: 1) we will hold a brief teach-in at Blegen House that will explain the Oaxaca situation in detail 2) after sundown, we will march in candle light from Blegen House to Main circle.

To close off the road we will need many bodies and to generate consciousness we will need many voices. Join us in telling the Mexican government that its actions are reprehensible! Join us in demanding justice! Join us in letting the people of Oaxaca know that they are not alone!

On behalf of M.E.Ch.A. de Vassar,

Mikey Velarde, Secretary

A Call from the Zapatistas: Oaxaca Is Not Alone

General Strike Called for November 20!
By the Sixth Commission of the EZLN
The Other Mexico

October 30, 2006


October 30, 2006.

To the people of Mexico:
To the people of the world:
To the Other Campaign in Mexico and the other side of the Rio Grande:
To the entire Sixth International:

Compañeros and compañeras:
Brothers and sisters:

It is now known publicly that yesterday, 29th of October 2006, Vicente Fox's federal forces attacked the people of Oaxaca and its most legitimate representative, the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).

Today, the federal troops have assassinated at least 3 people, among them a minor, leaving dozens of wounded, including many women from Oaxaca. Dozens of detainees were illegally transported to military prisons. All this comes in addition to the existing total of deaths, detainees and missing persons since the beginning of the mobilization demanding that Ulises Ruiz step down as Oaxaca's governor.

The sole objective of the federal attack is to maintain Ulises Ruiz in power and to destroy the popular grassroots organization of the people of Oaxaca.

Oaxaca's people are resisting. Not one single honest person can remain quiet and unmoved while the entire society, of which the majority are indigenous, is murdered, beaten and jailed.

We, the Zapatistas, will not be silent; we will mobilize to support our brothers, sisters and comrades in Oaxaca.

The EZLN's Sixth Commission has already consulted the Zapatista leadership and the following has been decided:

First: During whole day of November 1, 2006, the major and minor roads that cross Zapatistas territories in the southwestern state of Chiapas will be closed.

Consequently, we ask that everyone avoid traveling by these roads in Chiapas on this day and that one make the necessary arrangements in order to do so.

Second: through the Sixth Commission, the EZLN has begun making contact and consulting other political and social organizations, groups, collectives and individuals in the Other Campaign, in order to coordinate joint solidarity actions across Mexico, leading to a nationwide shut-down on the 20th of November, 2006.

Third: the EZLN calls out to the Other Campaign in Mexico and north of the Rio Grande, so that these November 1st mobilizations happen wherever possible, completely, partially, at intervals or symbolically
shutting down the major artery roads, streets, toll booths, stations, airports and commercial media.

Fourth: The central message that the Zapatistas send and will continue sending is that the people of Oaxaca are not alone: They are not alone!

Ulises Ruiz out of Oaxaca!

Immediate withdrawal of the occupying federal forces from Oaxaca!

Immediate and unconditional freedom for all detainees!

Cancel all arrest warrants!

Punish the murderers!


From the North of Mexico.
For the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
For the EZLN Sixth Commission.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, October, 2006.

Translation: Radio Pacheco


The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), embroiled in a conflict with the Attorney General's Office (PGR), will present a report before the U.N. human rights officials saying that torture in Mexico has increased 300 percent during the current administration. Additionally, the report by the autonomous government-funded body points to the PGR as the judicial entity that most uses torture in Mexico.

Following a U.N. report in May of 2003 lambasting the widespread use of torture to extract confessions from suspects, PGR officials defended their office's practices, insisting torture was a punishable offense, and that the CNDH itself had the power to make sure that any police agent attempting to torture would not go unpunished. But the CNDH, calling torture "the most extreme humiliation a person can receive," says that torture has been practiced three times as much during the Fox administration as during the previous administration of Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000). In a broader view, the CNDH reports that it had received 2,166 complaints of torture between 1990 and 2004, most of them coming during arrests or while the suspect was being held by authorities before trial.